While many have questioned whether it was truly her answering questions on the "Hannahbanana722" profile on ask.fm, Ben Tracy of CBS News said the San Diego Sheriff’s Department wouldn’t confirm or deny the authenticity. The news correspondent went on to note, “It appears to be authentic because Anderson posted pictures of herself and had conversations before she was kidnapped."
Dawn McNabb, whose son, Alan, is a close friend of Hannah’s, also confirmed that the postings were authentic, and even mentioned that Alan has urged her to delete the posts.
However, the account was disabled Wednesday morning with no indication of why.
While some of the conversations posted before the account was disabled come across as typical teenage stuff, including her revelation that she likes Justin Bieber and her favorite color is pink, Hannah also doesn’t hold back in sharing the details of her kidnapping.
The 16-year-old student reveals how her father’s best friend, James Lee DiMaggio, lured her family to his house. She said he claimed to be losing his house to foreclosure, so he wanted them to come to the rural Boulevard property for one last day of fun. As Hannah put it, "He told us he was losing his house because of money issues so we went up there one last time to support him, and to have fun riding go karts up there but he tricked us.”
When they got there, the kidnapper tied up Hannah’s brother, Ethan, and her mother, Christine, in the garage. Of losing them, Hannah wrote, "I wish I could go back in time and risk my life to try and save theirs. I will never forgive myself for not trying harder to save them.”
At one point, she posted a photo of herself after being asked to do so by a commenter. She showed off a recent manicure which featured pink nails as a tribute to her mother and blue nails as a tribute to her brother. One person even confronted her about what they thought was an apparent lack of emotion, to which she wrote, "I'm trying to stay strong. You don't know I could be crying answering these questions at the moment."
As for why she didn’t say anything to the horseback riders they encountered while in the remote wilderness of Utah on Wednesday, Hannah wrote, “I had to act calm I didn't want them to get hurt. I was scared that he would kill them.”
Hannah confirmed previous reports that Mr. DiMaggio had expressed interest in her before the incident, but she didn’t want to tell her parents, as he was a close family friend. “He said it was more like a family crush like he had feelings as in he wanted nothing bad to happen to me,” she wrote. When asked whether she thought he should have gone to prison or shot, the teen wrote, "He got what he deserved."
Hannah said that she plans on going back to El Capitan High School in San Diego’s East County next year for her junior year, but CBS also reports that Hannah’s father has expressed interest in taking her to live with him in Tennessee.
What do you think of Hannah taking to social media to talk about the tragedy?